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October 20, 2014, 6:18 am
970 WMAY News

Police: Vehicle Tows After Arrests Based on Probable Cause, Not Race

Black drivers are more likely than whites to have their vehicles towed and impounded in Springfield… according to city figures dating back to 2010.


During that time, the cars of black drivers were towed after traffic stops more than 3,000 times, compared to fewer than 2500 for whites. That’s a 54-percent rate… three times higher than the percentage of black residents in the overall city population.


Deputy Police Chief Dennis Arnold says cars are towed based on the facts of each situation… not based on race, and says anyone suggesting otherwise is looking for someone to blame for their own mistakes.


Springfield reporter Calvin Christian says the numbers could form the basis for an appeal of his failed lawsuit against the city over towing policies.

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